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New bill attempts SSDI reform for the terminally ill – World News Report

New bill attempts SSDI reform for the terminally ill – World News Report.   Looks like some in Congress are looking to end the 5 month wait period for those who are terminally ill.  This would make a huge difference for many who are currently ill die before their benefits…

Social Security Disability, Step 2

    The first medical step to overcome in proving your Social Security disability case is to show that your medical condition is severe AND that it will either end in your death or last at least 12 months.  This duration requirement is important because in many cases the condition…

New Social Security Rulings and Regulations

Social Security has recently released a new ruling and a new regulation. SSR 12-2p goes into effect immediately and gives guidance on the evaluation of Fibromyalgia cases. Specifically, this ruling gives us requirements on what is needed to show Fibromyalgia as a medically determined impairment.  There are now two ways to…

Social Security is approving a lower percentage of cases what can I do to help my case

  Social Security disability is all over the news.  Every time you turn around there is another article about the rise in the number of disability cases being filed, the rise of the number of people receiving benefits, and calls for fundamental changes to the system.  What these stories do not tell…

Special Ed Attorneys, Part 1: When Should You Hire One?

A nice 3 part series from Katie Kelly on when, why and how to pick a special education attorney   Special Ed Attorneys, Part 1: When Should You Hire One?. Know When to Call an Attorney Unfortunately, significant damage sometimes occurs before a parent is even aware that there is…

Social Security and Kaiser Permanente Begin Partnership to Speed Up Disability Decisions

Social Security Press Office: Social Security and Kaiser Permanente Begin Partnership to Speed Up Disability Decisions. This will help to make sure that Kaiser’s patients will have a more fully developed record for decisions to be made on.  Many claimant’s get denied early on because SSA never receives most of their medical records.

Social Security Disability and Citizenship

There are lots of statements out there about Social Security benefits (both retirement and disability) being obtained by both illegal and legal aliens.   In order to get these benefits a person must have a valid social security number and meet the following eligibility requirement Sec. 1614. [42 U.S.C. 1382c](a)(1) For purposes of this title, the…

Grid rules – What are they?

Grid rules are the framework that Social Security looks to based on certain factors to say whether you are disabled.  They come into play at step 5 of the sequential framework, after it is determined that you cannot do your past relevant work of the last 15 years. The grid…

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Social Security Case Rulings week of March 29, 2012

6th Circuit DRAGON v. COMMISSONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. Filed: March 26, 2012. REVERSED AND BENEFITS AWARDED A judge cannot reject an IQ test as being too old when there is no evidence that indicates the test was invalid, nor do the test results…